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The Seeds of Time is back

The Seeds of Time by Kay Kenyon

My debut novel is reissued today with a gorgeous new cover! The Seeds of Time is the story of Clio Finn, paranoid, smart-assed, and maybe doomed. What’s not to love?

Clio is a space pilot on the run from a dystopian and graying Earth toward the only future she ever wanted: the stars. Far across the galaxy, she’s found a lush paradise, with plant life so vital, its seeds could give Earth a second chance, or–as her enemies believe–seal its destruction. But she’s determined to bring her payload home.  Clio Finn’s last Dive. Earth’s last chance.

This time travel story came out in 1997 and was a popular science fiction novel, probably my most popular until until The Entire and The Rose series. Some people say it has my best female protagonist. It leads the way in a roll-out of five of my science fiction books, one every three weeks until mid-April.

In order, watch for:

  • Tropic of Creation
  • Maximum Ice
  • The Braided World
  • Rift

Click to see The Seeds of Time at Amazon and soon, most e-retailers. $3.99.


My great big new fantasy novel

Publishing a new book is always a cause for celebration, and especially for this one.

Queen of the Deep by Kay KenyonQueen of the Deep is a book that was seven years in the writing, and seeing it in print is quite a thrill; I believe it’s the first time that I’ve laughed with pleasure on seeing one of my books. Today I’m reflecting on the long journey it made from the first kernel of an idea to a 348 page novel.


I sat on this very couch seven winters ago and wondered where my story would take place. For me, a story usually begins with place, because of the allure I find in world building. I love stories set in an intriguing world, a wondrous, even numinous, locale. But where would I go next? Then I imagined an ocean, and a great ocean liner like the Queen Mary. Or you know, the one that sank.

I began to explore the Palazzo, a palace of a ship . . . on an alien ocean . . . with a theatrical cast of characters conjured from the mind of a child raised in Minnesota who had to play in the basement when there was too much snow. . . That would be Janet Zabrinski, later the aspiring actress Jane Gray, or possibly a SF writer who almost became an actress.


This was actually my first fantasy novel, after ten science fiction books. With Queen, I was testing the waters of fantasy, seeing where I could take an untraditional story with magic at its core. Some of you may remember me reading from this novel at cons past. Yes, I was testing it out! I listened to feedback, and I kept shaping the story. Months became years as I turned my attention to other projects, always circling back to Queen with fresh insights. When I finally finished the story, I looked around to find that the publishing world was undergoing a profound change.

Indie publishing looked like it had a place in the changing ecology of publishing. Traditional publishing was still a force of nature–but other life forms clearly existed and were thriving. Certainly the economics of indie publishing were intriguing to me. But would readers find my new novel if I put it out there myself? I decided to experiment with this novel. But how do you even begin?

Heroics and Helpers

You begin by vowing to learn how indie publishing works. You tiptoe into the new landscape and see what others are doing. You keep your eyes wide open, knowing that nobody knows where this new wild west of publishing will end up. No guarantees. But then, were there ever?

Despite all the talk about eBooks, e-retailing and book discovery, I was a rank beginner. No longer, I must say! But I did rely on fellow authors for outright favors and pointing the way. They recommended stuff, critiqued covers, proofread, and answered endless questions about things like keywords, pricing, ISBNs and marketing. Thank you, Trish McCallan! And Sharon Shinn, David Marusek, Amy Atwell, Terry Persun, Jim Thomsen, Leeann Smith, Elaine DeCostanzo, and Mike Resnick. And Frauke Spaneth, for my gorgeous cover. Thanks for believing in me and helping this book go out on its journey into the world!


So, today I’m celebrating. The book is available in trade paper and, for a limited time, an exclusive Kindle edition. Raise a toast! To um. . . well, how about to Jane Gray, who started out as make-believe and became real in fiction, and who learned about love, perseverance and the stars?

For more details, including story description, please click here.

Best to you all. And happy reading, whatever the books may be!


PS: the Write on the River Conference in Wenatchee on May 15, 16 and 17 will have several sessions on indie publishing. Watch for the line up here. Registration opens January 20 for members, February 1 for nonmembers. Agent Editor appointments available!


Favorite Places of England, 2

There are some trips that you look forward to all your life, and some that end up being unforgettable. This trip was both. After World Science Fiction, my husband, myself, and our friends spent 3 days in Yorkshire, 4 near Oxford and Bath and five days in London. Here are the last few highlights.

The famous Minster in York. Underneath it, in undercroft, Roman soldier artifacts!

The famous Minster in York. Underneath it, in undercroft, Roman soldier artifacts!













The standing stones at Avebury, a much larger neolithic site than Stonehenge.

The standing stones at Avebury, a much larger neolithic site than Stonehenge.











The North York Moors, spare and vast and redolent of lavender and Bronte stories.

The North York Moors, spare and vast and redolent of lavender and Bronte stories.









Blenheim Palace. This is the mudroom.

Blenheim Palace. This is the mudroom.













Blenheim was Churchill's birthplace. "We will NEVER surrender!"

Blenheim was Churchill’s birthplace. “We shall NEVER surrender!”













Pulteney Bridge, that spans the Avon River in Bath.

Pulteney Bridge, that spans the Avon River in Bath.









The Circus (circle) in Bath. Gorgeous townhouses in the Georgian style.

The Circus (circle) in Bath. Gorgeous townhouses in the Georgian style.











Nelson's plinth in Trafalgar Square, as tallas  the shipmast of the HMS Victory.

Nelson’s plinth in Trafalgar Square, as tall as the main mast of the HMS Victory.














One of the lions at Trafalgar (that went on a rampage in A Thousand Perfect Things!) St Martin's in the Fields church in bkg.

One of the Trafalgar lions (that came alive in A Thousand Perfect Things!) St Martin’s in the Fields church in bkg.











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Favorite places of England

In mid-August, I toured England with my husband and two dear friends. The trip included Worldcon in London, and then off we went for fun and . . . research! My work in progress is a paranormal novel set in England, and  I was excited to really take in and experience  the places I am writing about.

England did not disappoint. As in all travel, we encountered unexpected marvels and mishaps. Trying to get to London from Bath we nearly ended up in Portsmouth, except for the kind intervention of a bunch of rowdy guys sitting in back of us who, when they learned we were heading to London, said “Oh no you’re not!” But not to worry, they worked for the railroad and told us not only where to get off but how to make the right connection, and when. Whew.

Arriving at what I hoped would be the highlight of the trip, the ruined Rievaulx Abbey  on the North York Moors, the gate came down. They were closing! Our schedule did not permit us to drive the long way to come back, but the man kindly let us through, and we had this fabulous ruin to ourselves. The climactic scene of my WIP takes place there, and I would have been heartbroken to have missed it.

Here are some highlights, and more in a future post.


Arrival from Heathrow at Paddington Station. Beware, travelers, you need British coin to use the bathrooms!


St Pauls at dusk from Blackfriars Bridge.

St Pauls at dusk from Blackfriars Bridge.


The Thames from the Arab Emirates gondola.

The Thames from the upper walkway of the Tower Bridge.

Machine Room at Tower Bridge with Victorian apparati to raise the bridge.

At Tower of London, poppies memorializing the fallen in World War 1.

At Tower of London, poppies memorializing each of the fallen from the Great War.

The unearthly and wonderful Rievaulx Abbey on the North York Moors. A Cistercian Abbey so far from towns that it is preserved so much better than most. A haunting, fabulous place.

The fabulous Rievaulx Abbey on the North York Moors. A Cistercian Abbey so far from towns that it is preserved much better than most. A haunting, numinous place.

Loncon report

LonconBack from Loncon and a very long trip to England. Unpacking always seems to take as much time as packing; plus I have organized the many momentos and items of research that I collected for my work in progress, and also came home to a cat who was feeling poorly ExCel bldgand  seemed blameful for my having abandoned him for three weeks, despite the fact that he had a perfectly lovely housekeeper waiting on him. You cat owners will know what I mean.

IMG_0266Loncon? A blast. The venue was the ginormous Excel center in the Docklands, so huge that there was a train stop at each end (I am not lying.) But the con was actually tucked into one end, so it was even easier to navigate than some smaller Worldcons I’ve been to. (I think 8,000 or so attended in London.) While I liked the venue, it was quite a long haul into central London, with the need to either cab it or take the light rail to a tube station. And one Did have to get into London, of course! The dealer’s room had all the excitement of a world con, including this amazing dress.

Summer isles McLeod Best of all, there were thousands seductive  SFF books, with an emphasis, naturally, on British authors, and I loaded up, with an eye to how much I could get in my suitcase considering that I was then going to travel through north and south England . . . I made judicious choices, including this wonderful book by Ian McLeod, a winner of the world fantasy award. Dense, stunning prose, elegaic in tone, it’s an alternate history of 1940’s England, meticulously swordspoint kushnerdrawn. I was privileged to be on a panel on alternate history with Ian MacLeod, and also several other authors including Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of the wonderful Assassini books, and a smart, articulate panelist.

I moderated a panel on Imagining the City, a celebration and inquiry into how authors create cities of the imagination. Panelists were Kathleen Ann Goonan, Scott Lynch, Ellen Kushner, and Simon Spanton, publisher at Gollancz. It was great fun to hear a bit about how the magic happens anQueen city jazzd take a closer look at their iconic cities, such as Kushner’s unnamed town in the world of Swordpoint. And then there is Kathleen Ann Goonan’s stunning Cincinnati of Queen City Jazz, a classic, perhaps the best city in SF.

Tom and I took in as much as we could of the con, and snuck out to central London to see St Paul’s, the Tower Bridge, the West End . . . and then at the end of another two weeks of travel, we came back to London to see even more. Next post, more pictures!

St Paul's Stone Gallery KK

Me at St Paul’s stone gallery, 376 steps up from the nave.